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Associate Judge

Email: r***@***.us
Local Address: Mason, Texas, United States
Child Protection Court of the Hill Country
 
Background

Employment History

  • County Attorney
    Mason County

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Interstate Compact On the Placement of Children Subcommittee Member
    National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Board of Church and Society and Commission On Christian Unity and Interreligious Concern Member
    Soutwest Texas Conference United Methodist Church
  • Lay Leader
    First United Methodist Church
  • Board Member
    Texas District & County Attorneys Association
  • Founding Director
    Steady Steps Weekday Children's Ministry
  • President
    Mason Lions Club
  • Founding Director
    Mason ISD Foundation
  • Board Member
    Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center

Education

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Art , Political Science
    Texas A&M University

Certifications

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
    Supreme Court of Texas
22 Total References
Web References
News
www.brownwoodbulletin.com, 18 April 2002 [cached]
At this particular court session, Associate Judge Rob Hofmann did not have to make an Solomonesque decisions.
Hofmann, 32, wore a trim gray suit as he presided over a session Monday of the recently formed Child Protection Court of the Hill Country.It is a "cluster court" of six counties that hears cases involving abused and neglected children.Hofmann, the court's first judge, began hearing cases on April 1.
Monday is his court day in Brown County.He holds court in the county courtroom, normally occupied by Brown County Judge Ray West, on the first floor of the Brown County Courthouse.
The court was created to help take the load off of district court judges, who typically have presided over the cases previously - in addition to dockets that are crowded with other cases, including felony, civil and other matters of family law.
The decisions Hofmann faced in Monday session were simple ones, as these types of cases go.He denied a motion to transfer the case to county.
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During Monday's session, Hofmann, Brown County Attorney Shane Britton, attorney Nita Meador - who represented the mother - and attorney Mark Bessent, appointed to represent the children, used legal phrases such as "continuing exclusive jurisdiction" and "excluding jurisdiction."
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Hofmann asked the attorneys in the case.
"Thank you very much."
He clicked off a tape recorder, and the 45-minute court session was over.
As an associate judge, Hofmann, who previously served as Mason County Attorney, is charged with hearing abuse and neglect cases involving children in custody of Child Protective Services.
The counties in the court's jurisdiction are Brown, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard and Mills.
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Seated on the bench, Hofmann answered a reporter's questions that were sandwiched around Monday's court session.
He said it was his third or fourth session in Brown County.
"It's pretty different, but I really have enjoyed it," he said of his new job.He is still getting used to the idea of being called "judge."
"Everyone has been so cordial to me here in Brown County," he said.
Hofmann has long had an interest in matters involving the welfare of children.
For one thing, his wife, Shannon, is a school teacher.Conversations with her about her students bolstered his concern for children.
As Mason County attorney, Hofmann was responsible for prosecuting juveniles charged with crimes.With juvenile justice, Hofmann said, the goal is rehabilitation, not punishment.
"Of course, you have to consider the safety of society, and the safety of the victims," he said, but noted that "we had a lot of children where you could see they were going down the wrong path."
Hofmann also served on the Child Welfare Board, and was involved in a ministry at his church, First United Methodist, that focused on youth.
And he served on the board of directors of a shelter-type facility called the Advocacy Center, which he described as a "kid-friendly" place where children who are the victims of crime or abuse are taken for interviews.
When the child protection court was created, he said, "it was something that interested me a great deal."
As the new court's judge, he said, the cases affect him.
"They're certainly very serious matters," he said, noting that he has terminated the parental rights of two sets of parents since he began hearing cases.
"The underlying theme of the court .... is the best interest of the children, and that's what we have in mind," he said.
He feels good about what he does, he said, because it means either giving abused or neglected children a chance at a new beginning - or giving adults a second chance at being parents.
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Texas CASA names Rob ...
www.bccourier.com, 10 Nov 2011 [cached]
Texas CASA names Rob Hofmann Judge of the Year
Contributed
Judge Rob Hofmann of Mason, who presides over the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, was recently named the 2011 Big Voice for Little Texans Judge of the Year by Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates® (CASA). Hofmann received the honor at the 2011 Texas CASA Conference in San Marcos, which drew nearly 600 CASA volunteers, staff, board members and others involved in the child welfare system from around the state. Hofmann has served as the associate judge of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country since January 2002. He presides over all Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Cases in 12 counties - Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Edwards, Gillespie, Kimble, Llano, Mason, McCullough, Menard, Mills and San Saba. He also hears some cases in Bandera, Kerr and Kendall counties. Hofmann's interest in children's issues dates back to his tenure as county attorney in Mason County, when he researched the feasibility of a child protection court in the area because of the complexity of such cases. He solicited input from Hill Country CASA, based in Kerrville, and CASA of the Highland Lakes, based in Kingsland. He also began working to establish CASA programs in areas that did not have volunteer advocacy, leading to the establishment of Bluebonnet CASA, based in Mason.
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"Judge Hofmann has demonstrated leadership and innovation in promoting CASA within the judicial community and to the public.
Current Membership
www.masontxcoc.com, 19 Jan 2001 [cached]
Rob Hofmann, President
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1999 - Board of Directors
www.hccac.org, 2 Mar 2005 [cached]
Rob Hofmann, Mason County Attorney
Hon. Robert Hofmann, JD, ...
ncwes2011.jbsinternational.com, 5 Feb 2012 [cached]
Hon. Robert Hofmann, JD, Associate Judge, Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, Texas
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